Archive - Oct 12, 2013 - News Article
Although chalk doesnâ€™t leave a permanent mark, the message displayed in a variety of colors is a powerful one.
Students at Columbia City High School gathered to decorate the pavement leading to the schoolâ€™s entrance with words and drawings in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Chalk It Up has been a county-wide campaign as students across Whitley County have etched sayings on sidewalks at numerous schools advocating a stop to violence.
Pictured is Maddison Berlin working on her chalk drawing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The thought of saying goodbye to those she has worked with for so long brings mixed emotions for Jackie Hake, evident in teary eyes.
For 18 years, Hake has been the executive director for The Woodlands, a county-wide center servicing the areaâ€™s senior community.
â€śThis has been my life,â€ť Hake said. â€śIâ€™ve been here to witness some of the biggest successes of this organization. Although I am ready to retire, itâ€™s hard to say goodbye.â€ť
Officially Hake will retire at the end of the year, but she is already making plans with her family.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When a park at Tri-Lakes had to have its bathroom facilities shutdown due to a contaminated well, Whitley County Commissioners proposed a new owner for the property.
â€śThis is the only park still under the countyâ€™s umbrella,â€ť said Commissioner Don Amber at a recent meeting. â€śI guess I would rather see the township take it over.â€ť
After discussing the possibility of the park becoming the property of Thorncreek Township, its trustee, Gene Heckman, said there was interest from both his township board and the Tri-Lakes Association.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case had a trial date set in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, will stand trial Jan. 14 and 15, 2014. The final pretrial conference will be Jan. 6, 2014.
Hughesâ€™ attorney is Brad Baber. Felony neglect of a dependent is a Class C felony, which carries a sentence range of two to eight years if she is found guilty.